THE CONSERVATIVE party has retained control of Erewash Borough Council by only one seat after an election councillors described as ‘too close to call’ on the night of the count.
In Long Eaton Central the parties were seperated by only 12 votes and in Wilsthorpe 13 votes were the difference between the council staying Tory or turning Labour.
Both parties looked nervous as the results were announced ward by ward through the early hours.
It went right to the wire with the last wards to be declared, Long Eaton Central, Wilsthorpe and Derby Road West all being recounted, some more than once.
After ten hours of counting the result was finally announced at 8am on Friday May 6.
Speaking to the Advertiser after he had chance to take in the results, the leader of the council, Cllr Chris Corbett said: “We weren’t expecting to lose seats but we did and that’s democracy, we can’t moan about it because that’s what’s kept us in power.
“It will be close now and it will be interesting that the opposition is one party. No one will be able to take a holiday when there’s a council meeting!
“Hopefully now the election is out of the way we can get down to business and leave party politics behind.
“We all want what’s best for Erewash and that’s why we’re all where we are.
“We sometimes have different ideas on how to improve the town but we all want what’s best for it.”
And leader of the Erewash Labour Group, Cllr Howard Griffiths, said he was happy with the six seats gained which he felt put the Conservatives ‘in an uncomfortable position’.
He added: “With the excitement of the election receding we now need to get down to the job of doing the best for our constituents.
“It is tempting to see the council chambers as a pale reflection of Parliament.
“However, many of the issues that council’s deal with are not party political and the general public will not look kindly on us if we just enter into a sterile dog fight between Labour and the Tories.”
Jeremy Jaroszek, Erewash Borough Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer praised staff for their hard work throughout the night.
He added: “The borough and parish council elections were closely contested in Erewash and I would like to thank all the candidates taking part and their agents, congratulate newly-elected councillors and commiserate with unsuccessful candidates.
“I would also pay tribute to the efforts made by council and other staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that the election was run efficiently at polling stations across Erewash and at the election count at West Park Leisure Centre throughout the night on Thursday and on Friday.”
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